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Article 3 : Scope of intervention

Scope of intervention

The scope of conditions which Osteopath can help treat includes

For adults:
- Orthopaedic problems (joint mobility, joint pain and disorders, back pain, etc)
- Neurology and Rheumatology (slipped disc, sciatica, neuralgia, neck pain, etc)
- Respiratory system (breathing disorders, anxiety, etc)
- Digestive problems (functional disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, etc)
- Head – ear, nose and throat infections, especially when chronic in childhood
- Genital and urinary systems (chronic bladder infections, incontinence, etc)
- Sleeping disorders
- Lack of concentration, low vitality, chronic fatigue and depression
- Endocrinology disorder
- Dental disorder (Post dental trauma)
- In general, trauma related syndromes

For babies:
- Crying, screaming, irritability
- Feeding difficulties, sickness
- Colic, constipation and wind
- Sleep disturbance

For children:
- Children’s hyperactivity
- Dyslexia
- Colic, constipation
- Disturbed sleeping patterns
- Dental disorder and orthodontic work

N.B. This is a non exhaustive list of conditions and symptoms where osteopathic consultation would be suitable.


Osteopaths recognize the limits to their scope of action. They do not claim to treat all ailments, for example degenerative diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis; genetic disorders, including cystic fibrosis and myopathy and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, Aids and tetanus.

Some examples of the areas where Osteopathy can be an effective treatment:
- Preventative medicine, in order to maintain good health.
- Disorders occurring following a fall, a bump or an accident with injury, even if there is no apparent connection between the event and the subsequent problem.
- Persistent symptoms that have not been diagnosed by a medical practitioner.
- Stress, fatigue or simply a desire to get in touch with one’s own body.
- Re-establishing balance and inner harmony following long medical treatments for severe illness.
- Chronic back pain.
- Rheumatism, osteoarthritis, lower back pains.
- Neuralgia, sciatica, migraine headaches.

This list is not exhaustive.


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